Martha Boneta, the storied Virginia farmer who valiantly stood up for her property rights and became a national symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, has been named Executive Vice President of Citizens for the Republic (CFTR), a conservative grassroots lobbying organization founded by Ronald Reagan in 1977.

Four years before he became president, Reagan created CFTR to promote his vision of America. CFTR’s first executive vice president was longtime Reagan confidant Lyn Nofziger, who would later serve with the Gipper in the White House. In 2010, a group of Reagan stalwarts relaunched the organization. Now, CFTR’s Board of Directors has chosen Martha to run the group’s day-to-day operations, including spearheading innovative policy initiatives designed to enhance personal freedom and foster prosperity for all.

They couldn’t have made a better choice. A Virginia native, Martha is founder of the Piedmont Agricultural Academy, Liberty Hall Livestock Rescue, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Keep Virginia Beautiful, the oldest bi-partisan Virginia non-profit of its kind.

Martha rose to national prominence in 2014 when legislation strengthening farmers’ rights and named after her – the “Boneta Bill” – was adopted by the Virginia General Assembly and signed into law by the governor. A year later, a documentary, Farming in Fear, about her struggle to hold on to her farm received numerous awards, including the “People’s Choice Award” at the Anthem Film Festival. Martha was named one of the “50 Most Amazing Women” by Country Woman magazine and received a Joint Commendation from the Virginia General Assembly. She has been a frequent guest on Fox News and has given scores of interviews on radio and TV shows across the country.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue President Reagan’s legacy. We will make CFTR a powerhouse of ideas and initiatives that will do honor to this remarkable man,” Martha says.

To interview Martha Boneta, please call 571-839-1143.


  • Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

    Bonner R. Cohen, Ph. D., is a senior policy analyst with CFACT, where he focuses on natural resources, energy, property rights, and geopolitical developments. Articles by Dr. Cohen have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Investor’s Busines Daily, The New York Post, The Washington Examiner, The Washington Times, The Hill, The Epoch Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Miami Herald, and dozens of other newspapers around the country. He has been interviewed on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, NBC News, NPR, BBC, BBC Worldwide Television, N24 (German-language news network), and scores of radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, and the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. Dr. Cohen has addressed conferences in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Bangladesh. He has a B.A. from the University of Georgia and a Ph. D. – summa cum laude – from the University of Munich.